Solar-Powered Learning at Western Springs College - Ngā Puna o Waiōrea

Over the summer break a 50kW solar array (136 solar panels) was installed on the new buildings at Western Springs College - Ngā Puna o Waiōrea.

This exciting addition to the Ken Havill Centre for Learning, has created a 50 year plus solar power legacy. The school’s solar journey centres on enhancing education. We aim to expand our students’ knowledge and experience of alternative energy. This solar boost provides a real-time science and learning opportunity, where solar generation and savings are tracked and studied. Live solar data will be displayed on a central screen, showing a variety of ways to appreciate the significance of the on-site energy generation.

Here at Western Springs College – Nga Puna o Waiorea, sustainability is one of our core values and this initiative puts those ideals into action. Our solar installation will reduce the carbon footprint of our school, and also reduce the carbon footprint of the nation.

This fantastic achievement has been made possible by our very supportive community. The project was community-funded with individual families, alumni, staff and local businesses donating the majority of panels. Thanks also goes to our key sponsors Mercury, The Lion Foundation and the Waitemata Local Board who all supported us with significant donations.

In fact, the school community is so enthusiastic about the project that plans are underway to raise funds for a second solar array.

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